1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Fender brand preference

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fish slapper, Jan 26, 2012.

What is your impression of Fender?

Poll closed Feb 16, 2012.
  1. I only own Fenders and consider them the best.

    31 vote(s)
  2. I own Fenders and other brands as well.

    185 vote(s)
  3. I think Fender's are great but they are not for me.

    16 vote(s)
  4. I've owned Fenders before but moved on to other brands.

    25 vote(s)
  5. I hate Fenders and would never own one.

    7 vote(s)
  1. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    I'm in an MBA program and currently taking Marketing. We are studying brands and their loyal customers. Since I am a Fender fan yet I also own other basses, I wonder what everyone else's impression of this iconic brand.
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Cali Intergalactic Mind Space - always on the edge
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
  3. Its just another brand. I have owned over 50 fender/squier basses, there are P bass "copies" that have that P or J tone , each individual bass varies as well , no bass sounds identical.

    Overall i perfer a ric or a t bird over a fender, but I do own a fender P and its a nice bass.
  4. I own a MIJ Precision Lyte Deluxe with active P\J pickups,i also have a Spector Q-4 and a Traben Array Limited, I love the Fender,It is the lightest and easiest playing bass i have ever owned and i have had just about everything in my 40 years of playing.I Gig with it weekly and it has never let me down,and i don't feel like i have bailed hay all night.
  5. Finbase


    Oct 12, 2010
    Espoo, Finland
    +1 to that. There are numerous good Fenders. There are numerous bad ones, too. The production quality varies a lot IME.
  6. powmetalbassist

    powmetalbassist Supporting Member

    Not a fan of their guitars or basses, but I did own a BXR 300 back i the late 90's/ It was a solid amp, but as I've grown so have my needs and wants in tone and such.
  7. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I'm a Pbass kinda guy , but I also keep others around . A L2500 , a Ray , a Ric , a Rivoli , and a Longhorn .
  8. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Fender is far my favorite brand, and for lots of reasons, although I do own a few other brands.

    Some noble reasons I guess, like that I simply like how they sound, feel, look, and that their prices are not outrageous, and that they have a price point/product line even for young/entry level players.

    Some reason not so noble I guess too, for instance the warm and fuzzies I feel at how folks, musicians and non-musicians alike, just seem to recognize Fender as a "good" bass.

    Consider how many times a day does some bass player uncase a Sadowsky or Lakland, just to have folks think that they are just playing some knockoff until they can save up for the real thing?

    Yeah, I know that's is wrong in so many ways, but you have to admit this scenario has got to be a buzzkill on some level.
  9. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    They started great, went through some phases of being not so great and are now pretty good again. However, they are overpriced for what you get.
  10. Ken J

    Ken J Hartford Hot Several Brass Band

    Aug 19, 2011
    Middlefield, CT
    If you consider a Squire a fender then I vote “I own Fenders and other brands as well".
  11. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
    I'm a fan.
    It's all I currently own.
    Still have my first two Fenders ('78 P-Basses).
  12. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I put I only own Fenders although most of mine are Squier but they are owned and made by Fender so...you know. I'm the kind of guy who goes for the name brand in some things that has stood the test of time and keeps on keepin on, levi's, Harley's, Mercury motors. I might not own all of these today but if I'm shopping I go there since they are a dependable, American made and have a long history of a being dependable products.
    They might not be the flashest or even the best vs other brands but they perform. I look at Fender the same way and for my money they perform and have a history I know, and thats good enough for me.
  13. Does a Squier count? I have one and an Ibanez ABG.
  14. Chris K

    Chris K

    May 3, 2009
    Gorinchem,The Netherlands
    Partner: Otentic Guitars
    IMO Fender designs have proved themselves, since many builders based their own models on them. But I also believe that a custom made instrument based on the best Fender replacement parts available and built by a good luthier, will be way better than any mass production Fender.
  15. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    When it comes to basses it is to each their own, that is why I don't really get threads like these. Of course not everyone is going to like certain brands of basses. I back Fender because it it's been a great brand to me and I play their Precision basses exclusively because I love to and love the tone, not because it's the "cool bass to play." I understand they may not be for everyone just like any other bass or piece of gear for that matter. Just find what you like and play it!
  16. Chris K

    Chris K

    May 3, 2009
    Gorinchem,The Netherlands
    Partner: Otentic Guitars
    And you know, the machine work even is the most reliable part.

    IMHO it's about
    • the choice of parts; just about any Fender can be upgraded with replacement parts that are better than the originals, especially pickups;
    • carefully and lovingly assembling the instrument; it takes the kind of time that production workers simply do not get.
  17. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream

    Oct 5, 2009
    I consider them the best - in my price range ;)

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I've owned MANY basses, but I do always come back to Fender(at any rate the design). I will likely always own a Fender as they work the best for what I am doing.
  19. Relayer71


    Jun 25, 2009
    Your bias is coming through in this option:

    I think Fenders are great but they are not for me.

    Why not, "I think Fenders are ok..." or "I think Fenders aren't terrible..."? Surely some think Fenders are decent but not great. Just saying.

Share This Page